Tips on Buying, Selling, Moving and More

  • Forgotten Costs

    Published 03/15/13 in Real Estate
    Forgotten Costs

    Property insurance, taxes, homeowners association dues, maintenance, and higher electric and water bills are some of the costs first-time homebuyers tend to overlook."Keep in mind property taxes…   See the Image

  • Find the Right Agent

    Published 03/15/13 in Real Estate
    Find the Right Agent

    If you're new to the home-buying game, you'll need a reputable real estate agent, a good loan officer or broker and perhaps a lawyer.First-time buyers generally should not try to deal directly with…   See the Image

  • The Down Payment Isn't Everything

    Spending all or most of their savings on down payment and closing costs is one of the biggest mistakes first-time homebuyers make, Conarchy says. "Some people scrape all their money together to…   See the Image

  • Cluttered Driveway

    Don't sabotage your home sale with outdoor decor that turns buyers off before they've even walked through the door.   See the Gallery

  • Ethan Hawke's Terraced Urban Backyard

    Living downtown gives you easy access to cultural events, great food and public transit, but higher property prices mean you'll likely end up with a relatively small space to come home to. With some…   Read the Article

  • Do research the neighborhood.Look at the house, but also look at the neighborhood. Location is the most important thing, so it's critical to look at more than bricks and mortar.How can you choose the…   Read the Article

  • Compare written in-home estimates. Movers have to come to your home to give you a truly reliable estimate, so skip estimates over the phone or internet. Get at least three in-home estimates and…   Read the Article

  • #1: BE QUICK ON THE UPTAKEIt is critical to respond to counteroffers as soon as possible and to avoid making a counteroffer with any term that is not truly a deal breaker. Delays in responding leave…   Read the Article

  • Ever walk into an open house or a model home and notice how... well, inhumanly perfect it looks? If so, chances are the property is "staged." In real estate parlance, that means the place has been…   Read the Article

  • Andie MacDowell's dramatic and comedic talents have earned her rave reviews in box-office hits like Groundhog Day and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Her role as a repressed young wife in Sex, Lies, and…   Read the Article